Designer Spotlight: Courtney Capone

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hello! My name is Courtney Capone and I am a surface designer/illustrator living in Queens, NY. I work as a graphic designer by day, and spend my nights drawing, creating patterns and watching tv with my cat, Catface. 

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE SURFACE PATTERN DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR?

I did not know that being a surface designer/illustrator was a job option until recently! I always liked art when I was younger, I was always the kid getting in trouble for doodling in class instead of paying attention. I thought that the only way to be an "artist" as a career was to be a fine artist, and I thought being a fine artist was limited to being able to draw or paint photo-realistically, so I reluctantly gave up on that dream. After college, while working an un-inspiring desk job, I discovered graphic design and went back to school. It was actually in my design program that I learned about the wonderful world of pattern design and fell in love.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY/WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

 I do my graphic design job during the day and when I get home I settle in for some sketching/ideation. I try to do this every night, for a half an hour at least, just to make sure I keep my creativity flowing. When I don't have any freelance work coming in I like to give myself challenges, like posting a pattern a day to Instagram for 100 days. I find that these keep me accountable and challenge me to try new styles and techniques. I recently started working with print studio as a freelancer so most of the art i'm working on at the moment is for them. I'm also trying to open my own Etsy shop, so lately i've been working on figuring out which products are the best fit for my designs!

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 10 YEARS YOUNGER SELF ONE KEY PIECE OF ADVICE OR AN INSIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

 It would be to have confidence in myself! I feel like I lost a lot of time by thinking I wasn't "good enough", and it seems very silly to me now.

WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK OR IN A DESIGN RUT, HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND BACK ON TRACK?

Usually by getting up and doing something else! I find that stepping away from the project, even just for a few hours, usually does wonders for me. I like to take that time and take a walk, cook a meal, or spend time working on a separate creative project (i've just started to learn how to use my sewing machine, finally!)

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

Big, inexpensive sketchbooks or a stack of copy paper, 6B pencils, any smooth inky pen I can get my hands on, and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? 

My design process usually begins with a concept or theme. I think about what I want to convey with my patterns and what look and feel I want to capture. Sometimes I create a moodboard if it's a big project. Then I just draw! I just draw motifs without judging, and just try to create as much as a I can within the theme. For example if i'm drawing Unicorns, I draw them in lots of different shapes and styles and then I start to draw things that could live with them in a pattern, like flowers or rainbows, etc. Once I feel like I've drawn all I can , I go through and pick the motifs I like the best and take pictures with my phone. Then I open the pictures on my ipad and trace with a sketch program so that they are vectorized. I then open them on my desktop where I can manipulate them in Illustrator or Photoshop depending on the effect I'm going for. Once I have the layout set, I start to play with color. I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to color palettes and I like to play around with options until I land on something I love.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

 I did a really fun job for a client who makes nutrition bars for pregnant women, I really enjoyed working on the patterns for that one! There are also a few one-off pattern's I've created that I really enjoy because I think they are fun. Lately i've been trying out a new style and I like a lot of that stuff as well even though its different from the way I normally work.

WHO ARE YOUR DREAM CLIENTS OR WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

I would love to design patterns that get used on products for Land of Nod!! I love their aesthetic and it would be so cool for my work to be available on such cute stuff. I would also love to do an entire home line for Target!

THERE HAS BEEN AN ART SUPPLY SANCTION IMPOSED AND DESIGNERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO POSSESS 3 ITEMS/TOOLS, WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?

A pencil, a sketchbook and a smoothy, inky pen.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

I am very inspired by things that are unusual. I love a weird flower, or an interesting rock formation, or even a very alien looking insect! Nature is the first go-to for me but I also really enjoy looking at vintage packaging, illustrations and advertisements. 

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

That's a hard question! I recently discovered the work for Josef Frank and fell completely in love! Close second are not individual designers, but I am endlessly inspired by Marimekko and Liberty of London. 

WHEN I'M LONG GONE:

I hope people remember me for having a good sense of humor and being fun to be around! I strive to be a positive force in the world and hope that my work reflects that.

Where you can find me:

 www.courtneycapone.com

Instagram: @courtneyecapone

Photoshop for Painters Class by Megan Dunagan & Brooke Glaser

Hands up, do we have any painters in the house? Keep that hand up if you find editing your lovingly created masterpieces in Photoshop in order to remove your backgrounds so you can rework them? Well, this one is for you! 

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Megan Dunagan and Brooke Glaser spent over six months putting together a class for traditional painters who want to bring their art into Photoshop. It’s for artists both new-to-Photoshop and experienced alike and it’s called Photoshop for Painters.

About the Class

Hate tedious background paper removal? If you are spending hours manually erasing edges and little random bits of paper, the class has some tips and tricks to seriously speed things up for you. 
If a client asks you to change the colour of a single flower in your design? No biggie. Learn 5 essential ways to edit colour - some which take less than a minute.

Photoshop for Painters breaks down some confusing topics like DPI, resolution, colour space and file types, into easy to understand lessons so you can get the best quality prints out of your artwork.

Right now, the ladies have 3 free mini-classes *from* Photoshop for Painters. Great, right?!

All you have to do is sign up at this link for the details. You'll also be in the loop for when it releases and get information on how to pre-order:

http://bit.ly/bmini

FolioFocus Christmas Design Week Round Up!

We have reached the end of another amazing FolioFocus session and the level of design eye candy has been as high as ever! Below is just the tip of the iceberg, be sure to peruse the full AW FolioFocus Gallery to see the wonderful designs from our talented classmates and get in touch with classmates if you would like to work with them or license their designs.

We'll be back for another round of FolioFocus in February - woohoo!

Designer Spotlight: Oak Print Design

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hi, I’m Camilla de Carvalho, the designer behind Oak Print Design. I’m originally from Brazil but I’ve been living abroad for many years. I’m currently in Montreal, Canada with my husband and two kids.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SURFACE PATTERN DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR?

As a child I loved drawing and painting but I never pictured myself on that career path until my kids were born. 

Before being a pattern designer I worked for almost 10 years in the financial industry and I think that’s how I started to realize that I really liked the creative world. I had to prepare several presentations to clients, and I was always the one that would pay attention to all the formatting details of the presentation that no one else was caring about :) 

So when I was pregnant of my first child, I decided to leave the finance world and to pursue my passion. I took some graphic design courses and that’s how it all started.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY/WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

Being a mom and working from home means that my schedule is very flexible. I generally work when my kids are at school and in the afternoon I’m mostly with them. 

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 10 YEARS YOUNGER SELF ONE KEY PIECE OF ADVICE OR AN INSIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I think this quote summarizes what I would have said to my self :

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK OR IN A DESIGN RUT, HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND BACK ON TRACK?

When I see that a pattern is not getting where I wanted I just stop and go back to it later on. I find that when you’re looking at the same design for too long without a break your mind can’t think about other options for it. Leaving the house, walking around generally instigates my creativity a lot :)

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

A sketch book, Micron fine pens and of course Illustrator.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? 

Before starting a new design I generally go to Pinterest to get some inspiration looking at several pictures. I then start drawing the motifs on a paper, I try to draw around 15 motifs so I can choose the ones I like more after.  I manipulate my scanned drawings in Illustrator. Once I’m happy with them, I start working on color, which is my favorite part of the process. I have a file with lots of pictures for color palette inspiration, that’s where I go first and pick two or three palettes to start. After that I start making the patterns. 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

I’m pretty new to this pattern design world but so far my favorite project has been winning a Design Challenge with Printed Village for Camping World, a big US retailer (see picture bellow). My design was selected among several others to be in an exclusive tote bag and now is being distributed in all their stores across United States. 

Also, I’ve been working with a design studio in Brazil and I’m making prints for them which are then used in the fashion industry.

WHO ARE YOUR DREAM CLIENTS OR WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

I will dream big on this one…. my dream clients are Target and Riffle Paper and my dream project would be to have my prints in a swimwear collection.

THERE HAS BEEN AN ART SUPPLY SANCTION IMPOSED AND DESIGNERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO POSSESS 3 ITEMS/TOOLS, WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?

A pen, a sketchbook and (in order to keep making my patterns) a computer with Illustrator. 

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

Inspiration is literally everywhere, you just have to be open and mindful to be able to look around and capture those beauties. When I’m making florals I love to get inspiration from flowers, buds and leaves and when the weather permits, I like to walk around taking pictures of all my findings. I also love to get inspiration from vintage posters and everything vintage, they are generally full of beautiful details.  

WHEN I'M LONG GONE:

I hope people remember me for making beautiful designs that made their lives prettier. 

Where you can find me:

Website:  www.oakprintdesign.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/design.oak/

email: printdesignoak@gmail.com

New Designers Directory: Would You Like to be Included?

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In a few weeks time, we will be launching a new Designers Directory, which serves two key purposes:

1- a place for you to showcase a preview of your work with your website link and

2 - a place for potential clients to come and find designers specific to their needs through the ability to filter the directory by helpful categories, so they can easily look for in-house designers, licensing artists, designers looking for representation... 

As this is a new addition to the RDS site, I'd like to open up the opportunity for you to submit to feature in the Directory and give it a whirl for a month or two for free. 

The Designers Directory will be open for submissions until Sunday 26th November, ready to launch on 1st December. Designer's Info Cards will be live for at least a month. During this time I will be looking to see if there are any inprovements we need to make.

Here's a sneaky peek at how it will work.

Important Info:

  1. Max 3 images + 1  optional About me (see below video example of an About me image shown in a Designer's Card)
  2. About Me spec: Title font: Arial Bold 13pt, Body Font: Arial 13pt, size 500 x 319pixels. If adding an image or coloured background to your About Me text, ensure the text is easy to read. Here is a basic template.
  3. Your first image can show your logo (optional) to act as a cover image. Images are cropped to a rectangle in the preview, please bear this in mind with the images you submit
  4. Please ensure you only submit low-resolution images (>1.5MB per image). Jpg or png files only
  5. Save your images in the following way: Your_Name_Design_name.jpg
  6. It is a good idea to add a subtle ©YourName2017 on your images
  7. Not all submissions are guaranteed to be featured at this time, however, if you are not shortlisted, you will be invited to submit again 
  8. RDS reserves the right to remove reject any inappropriate submissions
  9. By submitting, you confirm that the artwork is your own and does not infringe on any other's copyright
  10. Deadline Sun 26th November 2017 (midnight GMT)

Submit Below Using the Form Below*

Please note that you cannot edit your submission yourself, so please check your spelling and links carefully before sending.  

* Form now closed, please sign up to our newsletter to hear of the next call out and join our Facebook group

Creative Insights Interview: Beth Kempton

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I had the absolute pleasure of catching up with entrepreneur, teacher and author Beth Kempton. Beth's book, Freedom Seeker Live More. Worry Less. Do What You Love, released earlier this year, is a truly relatable read (or listen if you opt for the AudioBook) and is full of more of the wonderful words of wisdom shared in this new podcast. Pop your feet up and tune in to hear her inspiring story.... Enjoy! 

For more from Beth and her projects, please check out the links below.

www.bethkempton.com (Beth's author website)

www.dowhatyouloveforlife.com (The inspiration hub)
www.makeartthatsells.com (where you can learn how to make commercially-viable art, from one of the world's top agents)
www.makeitindesign.com (A one-stop shop for design education)

www.hellosoulhellobusiness.com (Beth's sisterhood for soul-driven entrepreneurs)

Designer spotlight: Black Lamb Studio

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

My name is Isabel, I live in Miami with my husband Juan and my french bulldog Charlie (who is a big source of inspiration for me haha)

I started my company Black Lamb Studio a couple of years ago as a creative outlet for my full time job as a luggage designer. 

I have a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design, but I've always been in love with graphic design, typography and illustration as well. 

I started creating patterns for fun, because I loved it and was growing my portfolio. Soon after, I decided to contact companies that I admired and loved to introduce myself and offer my designs and got my first clients this way! 

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY/WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

I usually start my mornings slow and answer emails, make phone calls, etc. I start my design work after noon where I either paint and create new content or work on specific projects for companies I'm working with. I'm definitely a night owl and feel most productive late afternoon and nights. 

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 10 YEARS YOUNGER SELF ONE KEY PIECE OF ADVICE OR AN INSIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Don't take the "future" so seriously. Before college, I was always stressing out about making the best decision because it felt that whatever I studied would determine so much of my life. During college, I kept stressing because of the uncertainty of what my "future" and my career would look like. I graduated 7 years ago and now I understand more that life is always moving and changing, and you must be in tune with yourself, your dreams and your hopes to do what feels right and what makes you happy. 

WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK OR IN A DESIGN RUT, HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND BACK ON TRACK?

If I'm feeling uninspired, I love looking at my travel pictures. Traveling is my biggest passion and looking at my pictures always inspires me and motivates me.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

At the moment I really enjoy gouache, Posca paint markers, and ink. Another tool that I use all the time and love is my Wacom tablet.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? 

My process always starts as a sketch. Pencil and paper. After I'm happy with my direction, or at least have a good idea of what I want I start painting. My scanner is my best friend most of the time and finally I clean up the artwork and color correct in photoshop. I also scan my sketches and trace with my Wacom tablet on illustrator when the project calls to be vectorized. 

Some apps that I use all the time and love: Vsco to edit pictures, instagram and Planoly to organize my posts. I also use Pinterest for a ton of inspiration (mainly color palettes), dropbox to share projects with clients quickbooks self employed to keep up with my expenses and invoices. 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

So far my favorite project has been a collaboration with a french wrapping paper company called Impression Originale to design a wrapping paper for them. As a wrapping paper lover, this was obviously a dream!

Another collab that I really love is with a company called Greetabl. They do customizable gift boxes with tons of different patterns to choose from and I'm lucky enough to be part of their super talented designer portfolio.

WHO ARE YOUR DREAM CLIENTS OR WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

I would love to work with Land of Nod and design and children bedding/decor collection. I absolutely love them and have been following their work for years.

Another company that I'm in love with is Anthropologie. I absolutely love everything they do. Would love to work on ceramics or stationery with them - Actually anything they want! haha

Another one of my dreams is to write and illustrate and children's book. Probably featuring my dog :-)

THERE HAS BEEN AN ART SUPPLY SANCTION IMPOSED AND DESIGNERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO POSSESS 3 ITEMS/TOOLS, WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?

Definitely paper, gouache and brushes.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

I'm always inspired by nature, daily ordinary life and traveling. 

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

Hard question!  There's a lot of designers and artists that I admire. As an industrial designer I must say I've always loved Charles and Ray Eames for their timeless design and Ettore Sottsass for his fun and colorful vision.

WHEN I'M LONG GONE:

I hope people remember me as loving, fun and creative. 

Where you can find me:

www.blacklambstudio.com

instragram.com/blacklambstudio

pinterest.com/blacklambstudio

Designer Spotlight: Emily Hamm

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hi, everyone! My name is Emily Hamm, a graphic designer & pattern designer out of Oklahoma. I spent about 10 years at an in-house design studio, where I designed patterns, products & packaging. Although I have lots of experience as an in-house designer, I am new to this side of the pattern world. Thanks to the support of my husband, a little over a year ago I began Emily Hamm Design, a graphic & pattern design studio. Currently I’ve been freelancing design while developing my personal pattern design style, taking classes, and designing lots of patterns. My hope is to begin freelancing/selling/licensing my pattern work soon.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE SURFACE PATTERN DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR?

I have always wanted to be in a creative field of some sort. Being unaware that pattern design was a career path, I chose graphic design instead. I love graphic design and still use those skills daily. As long as I can remember I’ve always been drawn to patterns! Recently, going through some art I did in grade school I found drawings & paintings of guess what? Patterns! I guess I really was a pattern designer before anything else.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY/WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

I work from my home, a cute little, hundred-year-old, farmhouse with a studio that’s just perfect for me. With a flexible schedule, I work 4-5 days a week, depending on my workload. Coffee in hand (I’m NOT a morning person), my day usually starts around 8:30, where I begin by checking my emails, social media and planning out the day. From there, I work on developing patterns or working on graphic design projects for clients.

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 10 YEARS YOUNGER SELF ONE KEY PIECE OF ADVICE OR AN INSIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

When it comes to design… keep things in perspective and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

As a good friend of mine always says, “We’re not saving lives here!”

WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK OR IN A DESIGN RUT, HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND BACK ON TRACK?

If I can switch gears and work on another project I will do that. But sometimes, when I am really struggling it helps to take a break, go on a walk or do some market research. It also helps to step back, and look at the big picture of my goals for my designs.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

Being a graphic designer too, I am all about working within the design programs. Adobe Illustrator is my favorite program.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? 

1st, I conceptualize: Research, look through books, write word lists that come to mind, & thumbnail/sketch.

2nd, I develop: I get on my computer, and start developing work from my sketches or straight from my head.

3rd, I refine: step away from it for a bit, come back and refine the designs, make major and minor changes until I am happy with the result.

As far as apps go, I like Adobe Capture: an app that quickly vectorizes photos.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

A few of my favorite projects have been working on Christmas paper goods & fabric for Hobby Lobby.

WHO ARE YOUR DREAM CLIENTS OR WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

I would love to see my pattern designs carried by brands like West Elm, Target or Cloud 9 fabrics. I dream of projects such as fabric lines, paper goods and home goods.

THERE HAS BEEN AN ART SUPPLY SANCTION IMPOSED AND DESIGNERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO POSSESS 3 ITEMS/TOOLS, WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?

Graph Paper, Pantone Swatch book (color bridge), & my computer.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

All over really. Social media of course, design books, the beautiful variety of the flowers at the park, trendy packaging at a local boutique, or a vintage illustrated book at an antique store. I also gather inspiration from other creative fields such as furniture design, architecture, fashion or music.

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

Saul Bass.

WHEN I'M LONG GONE:

I hope people remember me as someone that inspired them to love others and live a full (and pattern filled) life.

Where you can find me:

emilyhammdesign.com

@emhammdesign on Instagram

Emily Hamm Design on Facebook

@emilyhammdesign on Twitter